Hornets forced to battle as wickets tumble during dramatic play
A CHANGE of format hasn't resulted in a change of fortune for the Ipswich Logan Hornets.
After day one of the first two-day game of the first grade season, the Hornets were trailing Redlands by 123 runs on the first innings.
Batting first at Baxter Oval, the Hornets' top order offered little resistance to left-arm quick Michael Herdman (5-49).
Brent Potbury's two runs was the best return from the Hornets' top four before Geoff Paulsen (33) and Jarrod Bichel (30) provided a minor middle order revival.
They helped get the Hornets to 116 which Redlands passed with one wicket down.
One to fall to Herdman was Hornets' wicket-keeper Justin McCarron.
McCarron is in the team due to an injury to David Lyons.
McCarron made a valuable 20 in a T20 game the week before and was hoping for some runs to hold his spot when Lyon returns in a fortnight.
But an inswinger from a rampant Herdman had him LBW for a duck.
Ipswich won the toss and chose to bat, a decision captain Mitchell Weatherhead may have rued as the early wickets tumbled.
"It was tough," McCarron said.
"The ball was going sideways.
"We got off to bad start with the bat. The pitch was damp and soft.
"Then the pitch hardened up and runs got easier (for Redlands)."
Given the circumstances, the Hornets were not beating themselves up, though McCarron conceded they needed to fight harder for their wickets when the going is so tough.
"If we had bowled first, who knows what could have happened," McCarron said. "It could have gone the other way.
"But we just needed to adapt to the conditions better. The top order got some good pills."
Despite the Hornets' winless start to the season, McCarron insists the mood is positive.
"Second grade played well and the thirds have done well," said McCarron, who is in his third year with the club. "We've got quite a few out injured. So it will be good to get back to full strength."
McCarron has this weekend to prove he should still be there when it happens.
The visitors were 4-239 at stumps, hoping to further punish the Hornets this weekend.